Offtopic: What music do you listen to while you

26 Feb 2008 - 3:52pm
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George Schneiderman
2004

I CAN'T listen to vocal music while I'm concentrating on something else. Well, cooking maybe. But not thought work. I occasionally listen to instrumental music of various sorts, but mostly I go back to (relative) silence.

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>From: Bryan Minihan <bjminihan at nc.rr.com>
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>I never think of fun topics to talk about (frequent complaint at work), but
>have been wondering what folks like to listen to while they work, if
>anything. I recently found an online station called somafm.com that's been
>able to keep me working into the wee hours even as I'm approaching 40
>(yuck).
>
>Hope it's not too far off-topic...
>
>Bryan
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26 Feb 2008 - 1:57pm
Jennifer Vignone
2008

I like it quiet.
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>From: Jeff White <jwhite31 at gmail.com>
>Sent: Feb 26, 2008 1:49 PM
>To: Bryan Minihan <bjminihan at nc.rr.com>
>Cc: IXDA list <discuss at ixda.org>
>Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Offtopic: What music do you listen to while you "design"
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>Couple of fun off topics today, and it's not even a Friday...I usually throw
>the iPod on shuffle and see what happens, and that means anything from
>Johnny Cash to Jurassic 5. When lyrics are distracting but I also need to
>cancel out background noise in the office, I go for jazz - Miles Davis and
>Karl Denson have been favorites lately.
>
>Jeff
>
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27 Feb 2008 - 6:18am
James Leslie
2007

If I am designing I can listen to anything from Jazz to Goth/Industrial
to Classical, but when coding I can't really listen to stuff with
distinct vocals so it tends to be lots of ambient and trip-hop, with the
odd splash of techno or drum'n'bass thrown in.

Sigur Ros seem to make me most productive.

27 Feb 2008 - 2:24pm
Shaun Bergmann
2007

That describes my process exactly. When in the depths of some convoluted,
confusing 3D logic path I require either absolute silence or at the most
some classical, ambient, trance. Vocals have a tendency to knock the whole
cardhouse down. (unless it's Sigur Ros, which one can't really sing along to
in the head)
Absolute silence is difficult at times with 3 other workstations directly
beside me, which is when the earplugs come out and the 'No Coheed and
Cambria' sign goes up.

When up here on the surface and doing the more visually creative aspects
however, things get quite a bit more upbeat. Industrial, old Skinny Puppy,
the Cramps, Interpol, She Wants Revenge etc.
I Love Yahoo Music's "artist fan station" for streaming. It's almost as
good as MusicMatch used to be.

I do find, however, that I have to keep watch on how much industrial I'm
listening to when in 'graphics land' due to the possibility of the design
incorporating too much of a 'barbed wire and concrete' style.
Does anybody else find that the creative process can be greatly influenced
by what's currently playing?

On Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 3:18 AM, James Leslie <james.leslie at transversal.com>
wrote:

> If I am designing I can listen to anything from Jazz to Goth/Industrial
> to Classical, but when coding I can't really listen to stuff with
> distinct vocals so it tends to be lots of ambient and trip-hop, with the
> odd splash of techno or drum'n'bass thrown in.
>
> Sigur Ros seem to make me most productive.
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28 Feb 2008 - 7:40am
James Leslie
2007

Yeah, I am the same, I'm getting to grips with it now and pretty much
select what I am going to listen to based on the mood that I want to
convey. I find that Industrial and noise stuff tends to yield more
angular designs than some trip hop or ambient which tend to yield more
flowing lines and curves in the design.

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I do find, however, that I have to keep watch on how much industrial I'm
listening to when in 'graphics land' due to the possibility of the
design incorporating too much of a 'barbed wire and concrete' style.
Does anybody else find that the creative process can be greatly
influenced by what's currently playing?

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